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Jul 16, 2021
Big One copper shows as drilling continues

Big One copper shows as drilling continues

Drilling at the Big One deposit has yielded visible copper mineralisation up to 34m thick, Castillo Copper says. All seven drill-holes completed in the campaign so far, through visual inspection, appeared to have intersected copper mineralisation, the company said. “Hitting copper mineralisation seven times from seven starts is an outstanding way to progress the drilling… ...

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Jul 16, 2021
Research centre to focus on regional economies

Research centre to focus on regional economies

CQUniversity is set to boost the economic fortunes of regional communities with the official opening of its new Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chains (CRESC) in Rockhampton. Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp was joined by Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education Bridget McKenzie to officially open the research facility. Led by… ...

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Jul 16, 2021
QRC drive to add mining might to vaccine rollout

QRC drive to add mining might to vaccine rollout

Queensland resources companies have been asked to put their hands up to help roll out COVID-19 vaccinations in regional communities once vaccine supplies increase in the coming weeks and months. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is working with the Queensland and Australian governments, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and APPEA to determine how members can… ...

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Jul 16, 2021
Construction, civil and infrastructure briefs

Construction, civil and infrastructure briefs

Work starts on the $230 million Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 project, new data shows record volume of home building, and more in this week’s round-up. Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 works launched Works on the $230 million Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 (TRR5) are now underway, with the first sod being turned on the… ...

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Jul 15, 2021
Komatsu offers new mining loader

Komatsu offers new mining loader

Komatsu has released an upgraded version of its 11-13 cu m class mining loader, the WA900-8R. This new loader incorporates Komatsu’s SmartLoader Logic technology to provide the engine with precisely the right amount of torque for each part of the duty cycle. Komatsu national product manager Mark Summerville said this feature improved fuel economy by up… ...

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Jul 15, 2021
Applications open for $100m exploration scheme

Applications open for $100m exploration scheme

Australia’s junior mineral explorers can now apply to access exploration incentives under the $100 million extension of the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI). Resources Minister Keith Pitt announced the four-year extension of the incentive as part of the 2021-22 Budget and said it would help to ensure jobs for future generations of miners. The JMEI… ...

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Jul 15, 2021
Cat M320 promises increased swing torque

Cat M320 promises increased swing torque

The new Cat M320 wheeled excavator promises up to 9 per cent more swing torque than the Cat M320F to get work done faster. Its longer wheelbase increases operating stability and improves machine ride when roading to the next jobsite at speeds reaching 35 km/h, the manufacturer says. Improvements to the hydraulic system increase machine efficiency… ...

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Jul 15, 2021
Work starts on $20m Woolworths  development

Work starts on $20m Woolworths development

A traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony has signaled the start of construction of a new $20 million shopping centre at Gordonvale, with ADCO Constructions leading the project.  The Woolworths Gordonvale Neighbourhood Shopping Centre is set to include about 4000sq m of retail space including a full-line Woolworths Supermarket, about eight specialty tenancies and more than 200… ...

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Jul 15, 2021
Employment mix underpins jobs lift – MCA

Employment mix underpins jobs lift – MCA

Harnessing a mix of employment models had helped the mining industry to triple its workforce in the past 20 years, the Minerals Council of Australia has told a Senate inquiry into job security. MCA deputy chief executive officer Sid Marris said Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed 84 per cent of the workforce were permanent… ...

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